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Windows Media Player 11: "Early 2006"

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    footballism

    neowin.net wrote:

    Windows enthusiast and journalist Paul Thurrott has just posted some new information concerning Windows Media Player 11. Microsoft intends to release WMP11 (Codename: Polaris) as an XP compatible version of the Windows Longhorn media player.

    Microsoft's original plans for Windows Media Player (WMP) 11-- formerly code-named Aurora--were fairly low-key, with just a few minor new features. That's all changed: Microsoft has canceled Aurora, and the company is moving the Longhorn media player to XP. Now code-named Polaris, WMP 11 will be a major release. There's just one problem: Instead of shipping in November, as per the original plan, WMP 11 will now ship in a public beta during that month, coinciding with Longhorn Beta 2. The final release is roughly scheduled for early 2006.

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    Loadsgood

    That is sweet. I don't mind it being released later since it's all about the extra features, right? Wink
    I hope it has some features like ad removal (well they aren't much for ads but those litle icons linking to places where I can buy music) I can't think of any good features right now, but I hope they remove the ability of WMAs to be coded to permenatly change the language of WMP.



    I vote 10 out of 10 to Microsoft for this.
    Loadsgood.

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    ACT10Npack

    Hopfully they will release wma/v 10 or 11 codec with WMP11.

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    PaoloM

    footballism wrote:
       MPEG-4 namely DVD playback-This is what I expect from the upcoming WMP11.

    DVD playback is MPEG2 Smiley

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    footballism

       MPEG-2 namely DVD playback-This is what I expect from the upcoming WMP11.

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    footballism

    PaoloM wrote:
    footballism wrote:    MPEG-4 namely DVD playback-This is what I expect from the upcoming WMP11.

    DVD playback is MPEG2

    I'm an error-prone geek:)

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    IanD

    'hope they fix the large library problem Windows Media Center uses wmp for its music library and it's very slow on large "bays Ian

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    Tom Servo

    footballism wrote:
       MPEG-2 namely DVD playback-This is what I expect from the upcoming WMP11.
    Unlikely, because DVD software player companies would go ape(I need to watch my language) over that, and more lawsuits against MS would happen.

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    ZippyV

    I hope we will get a WMP that is completely removable from a Windows Server system.

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    Jaz

    Tom Servo wrote:
    footballism wrote:    MPEG-2 namely DVD playback-This is what I expect from the upcoming WMP11.
    Unlikely, because DVD software player companies would go ape(I need to watch my language) over that, and more lawsuits against MS would happen.


    MS would have to pay a license fee to phillips or panasonic, i forget who, to include native DVD decoding.

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    ZippyV

    Jaz wrote:
    MS would have to pay a license fee to phillips or panasonic, i forget who, to include native DVD decoding.
    So what? They do the same for MP3 encoding.

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    Jaz

    mp3 encoding probably costs less

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    ZippyV

    Microsoft isn't going to lose money by including it.

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    Jaz

    of course it will.

    if the market doesn't require it, and it costs microsoft $20 per WMP then they're losing money

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    ZippyV

    The market does require it.
    I doubt that it's going to cost 20$ per WMP. Don't forget that WMP is included with Windows, is MS losing money on Windows?

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    W3bbo

    Jaz wrote:

    mp3 encoding probably costs less



    WMP10 already includes an MP3 Ripping codec, but it is horrid. I use the Intervideo system instead, plus I also get DVD playback to boot.

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    Jaz

    MS own WMP so they're not losing money, they're kinda making money in a sense, but not really.

    http://www.dvdreview.com/faq/dvdfaq.shtml#6.1

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    Tom Servo

    Jaz wrote:
    MS would have to pay a license fee to phillips or panasonic, i forget who, to include native DVD decoding.

    Doesn't matter. People will start this antitrust crap again, because Cyberlink, Intervideo and whoever else is left, will make losses because their sales are impacted by this.

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